Black-headed Whistlers

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The Black-headed Whistlers (Pachycephala monacha) - also known as Black-backed Whistlers - occur naturally in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, where they inhabit subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Subspecies and Ranges

  • Pachycephala monacha monacha (G. R. Gray, 1858) - Nominate Race
    • Range: Aru Islands located in the Maluku province of eastern Indonesia (off southwestern New Guinea).

  • Pachycephala monacha lugubris (Salvadori, 1878)
    • Range: Patchy distribution in the mountans of New Guinea- from Charles Louis mountains, the mouth of the Mimika and Utanata rivers, Snow and Victor Emanuel Ranges, and northern base of Bewani Mountains; along the Puwani River and Saruwaged Mountains east to the Owen Stanley Mountain range.


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